Chilled out winter festivals
November 7, 2011 – 12:05 am | No Comment
Why is winter so pristine and so calm? Why is the winter season so welcome after the blazing hot sun of summer? Why is winter the best friend for Mother Nature? Well whatever the reason be, each season has its own beauty and its own way of expressing its features. Winter is the season when there is cold, lot of snow and of course there are those festivals which you can celebrate. So now that it is  [...]

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Living It Up At Night : Cape Town
November 6, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Living It Up At Night : Cape Town
Jazz and other music, authentic local cuisine, bars and posh restaurants, beach and forest parties make the night scene at Cape Town rock. There are venues to suit the taste of all kind of people. Flamboyant, sophisticated, party animals or the more relaxed types, no one is left out here. With not strict license systems or rules, places are open here till the wee hours of early morning. City streets and suburbs enlighten up at nights with bars, DJs, clubs and all that goes to make a night out in a city worth it. Bars and Café Alcohols here are cheap and for those who prefer coffee or tea, there are plenty of Cafes around. The Paulaner Brauhaus and Restaurant, a bar at V & A water front, have a trendy menu of German beers such as the Apple Strudel. Café Camissa is for the more cultural  [...]


A Vibrant Cape Town: Festivals And Culture
November 6, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
A Vibrant Cape Town: Festivals And Culture
Theatre, dance, music, films and festivals of all kinds keep the tourists and the people of Cape Town happy throughout the year, bringing to them the fusion of culture that Cape Town is drowned in. Adding in more to this mood are oozes of laughter, courtesy the annual Cape Town International Comedy festival across the city. The Dutch, Cape and Victorian among otherss style of architecture, give this place a whole new touch. With a warm and laid back attitude, the people of Cape Town make it a tourist-friendly destination and hence a popular one on that. Music Home to world known Jazz musicians like Abdullah Ibrahim, Basil Coetzee and Robbie Jansen, Cape Jazz is a rich contribution to the culture and heritage of South Africa.  From folk, to western to Jazz, to Opera, music is reverberates across  [...]


Around Town: Commuting To And In Cape Town
November 5, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Around Town: Commuting To And In Cape Town
Getting to Cape Town Air Route Approximately, flight to Cape Town from London takes 11 hours 20 minutes; from New York it’s 17 hours; Los Angeles is 25 hours; Toronto is 19 hours and that from Sydney it takes 16 hours. Cape Town International Airport is located 22km (15.5 miles) east of Cape Town's city centre. From the Cairo international airport, there are shuttle buses to take you to the city. There are many services for the convenience of tourists, and information desks as well. Posh hotels can arrange a taxi for you, if asked for the same in advance.  There are metered taxis as well. On water The Cape Town Harbour has always been a strategic place of commuting and a major trading place as well. This was the place the western countries had to cross to get to Pacific Ocean. The harbor  [...]


Getaways around Cape Town
November 5, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Getaways around Cape Town
The local people of a city are a busy lot with regular work, which does not leave them with much time to enjoy the beauties of the places they are in. The only time they can then spare are perhaps the weekends. In such circumstances, destinations close by that can be visited in a day, serve as the much needed respite for the local people. Giving such respite to the local people, there are a lot of destinations at some distance from the main city of Cape Town. Not only do the make pleasant short trips for tourists, they serve as stress-buster getaways for the local people, giving then a respite from the rushes of a city life. Here are some places worth a short tour. 1.Blouberg At less than half-an-hour drive from Cape Town city, on the west coast of the Table Bay, is the Blouberg beach. This  [...]


Cape Town: Attractions For All
November 5, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Cape Town: Attractions For All
No matter where your interests as a tourist lie, Cape Town caters to all your needs. If you are an adventure person, there are all kind of activities for you, under water or outside it. If you like being in the wild, you could pitch in the South Africa Safari in your trip here. If amusement park amuses you, there is the Ratanga Junction Theme Park to bring you joy with all its rides. For those who enjoy their calm, quiet moments, there are beaches and a lot many of them. The best thing about a trip to Cairo is that you do not need to make that difficult choice between sea or mountain, wild life or marine life, calm and quiet moments or sports and other activities. This is the place for one and all. 1.Table Mountain Standing 1,086 meters high, Table Mountain makes for a canvas for the amazingly  [...]


Culture And Festivals Of Cairo
November 5, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | One Comment
Culture And Festivals Of Cairo
With a history of varied civilizations, the Egyptian culture is rich and vibrant. The way of life in the city of Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, reflects this. Religious beliefs, night life, old and new shopping centers, remains of old structures and new areas to hang out at, all this and more are woven together, attracting tourist for a feast of experiences. Islam has a notable contribution in the city’s culture in all its forms – dance, music, food, structures to name a few. Arabic and culture from the neighboring communities influence the way of living in Cairo and in fact, whole of Egypt. A number of cultural centers, such as the Cairo Opera House or the National Cultural Center of Cairo offer a platform for you to experience the Cairo life. These places hold concerts, dance operas,  [...]


For Shopaholics: Go Street Shopping In Cairo
November 4, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
For Shopaholics: Go Street Shopping In Cairo
There are travelers who just want to roam around the place, see the world and there are those who like shopping, either as compulsive shoppers or in a bid to collect the memoirs of a place. For the latter, Cairo comes forth as one great place. Cairo has it all, from an ancient and famous Khan el-Khalili market belonging to the 14th century to modern day shopping centers. There is s good market for fabric, for perfumes, for gold and silver, carpets, mashrabiya or wooden-craved pieces of art, spices and many more things. Khan el-Khalili market The city’s main market in Islamic Cairo is also one of the city’s attractions for tourists. You can find almost anything here. It’s a vast place with more than 1000 or so shops. It is usually in the interiors that the locals go shopping. Silks, jewellery,  [...]


Making Merry In Cairo: Nightlife And Restaurants
November 4, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Making Merry In Cairo: Nightlife And Restaurants
Food and night life are perhaps the two most important indicators of how lively a city is. Not lacking in either of these, Cairo has plenty to offer. When the lights go up, city streets are nothing less than a buffet of dining places, shops, posh hotels with belly and cabaret dancers, folk music at El-Ghuriya and theatre at the Opera House. While most places are open till 3 am or 4 am, at some places, the party is on 24 hours. An icing on the cake is the sound and light show at the Pyramids, making the history seem to come live. You could check the timings for the show as per your language. When you are talking of nightlife, you are automatically getting to drinking. While that’s not difficult to come by for those who desire it, you are expected to be sensitive to the religious beliefs of  [...]


A Glimpse Of Cape Town
November 4, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
A Glimpse Of Cape Town
Much in news lately as the 2010 soccer world cup host, Cape Town, called Kaapstad in Afrikaans, is one of the most popular tourist destinations as well. This South African city is the capital of South Africa's Western Cape Province and the seat of South Africa's parliament. Location With a prime location near the Cape of Good Hope in the South Africa, it attracts tourist for its beautiful white sandy beaches and magnificent countryside. It is located on the shore of Table Bay and the foot of Table Mountain at the southwest corner of the African Continent. With an area of 2,455 square kilometers, it has the second largest population in South Africa and a comparatively lower density of population. Approximately, flight to Cape Town from London takes 11 hours 20 minutes; from New York it’s 17  [...]


Cairo: Pyramids And Beyond
November 3, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Cairo: Pyramids And Beyond
If you are a lover of history, an archaeologist, if you understand and appreciate architecture or if you are just a travel enthusiast, Cairo is the place for you. Location This capital city of Egypt, also known as the mother of all cities by Egyptians, is situated along the River Nile. Cairo is located in the Northern Egypt. It starts immediately south of the point where the river Nile branches into its delta region.  It is to the south of Mediterranean Sea by 165 kilometers and to the west of Gulf of Suez and Suez Canal by 75 kilometer. With a total area of 214 square kilometers, it is the largest city in Egypt. Cairo International Airport is located 22km (14 miles) northeast of central Cairo. From London, it takes approximately 5 hours to reach Cairo by flight. It is 11 hours from New York,  [...]


Citadels To Pyramids: Touring Cairo
November 3, 2009 | Fascinating Cities | No Comment
Citadels To Pyramids: Touring Cairo
The iconic attractions for tourists in Cairo are of course the Pyramids of Giza and the statue of Sphinx. But of course, there is much more to Cairo than this. If you keep aside the heavy traffic and the hustle-bustle of an urban city life that Cairo has, the city is a tourist’s delight. There are Museums reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the past and there are pyramids talking of a different life of the dead. There are cultural centers where the life of city thrives and flourishes and there is the city of dead. Here are some must visit places of Cairo 1.The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities Located near Midan Tahir, or Central Square almost in the center of the city is The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.  The collection was first assembled by Auguste Mariette, the French archaeologists.  [...]